Another Corps Member Gone

By Alexander Adejoh

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Delta State and Nigeria at large, were in great shock, Thursday, January 16, at the news of the death of one Mr Wisdom Ovie Iroro, a PDP chieftain of the state.

Mr Ovie who was a father of two was reportedly killed by suspected assassins at his residence in the university community of Abraka, Delta State, at about 10pm on Wednesday.

Fides gathered that the killers invaded his residence at Campus Four, Police Station Road axis of Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, and dragged him to an uncompleted building where they murdered him.

According to one of his friends, Mr Oghenewegba Okpako, who commiserated with the deceased’s family and the entire NYSC, the death of Mr Ovie was not ordinary, as he observed that the deceased was one full of aspirations.

Mr Okpako, a serving corps member with Anambra State, had gone on to plead with the NYSC and the Nigeria Police to do a thorough investigation on the matter.

‘We spoke earlier this week and Wisdom shared with me his business plans and ambition to help the needy in his community and beyond. He was a senior comrade, young, seasoned politician, one who was always ready to help the helpless and defend the cause of the voiceless,’ Okpako told Fides.

Although Mr Okpako believed there was more to the story of his friend’s death, he was yet to believe that a young man who was just at the peak of starting life could be assassinated in cold blood. He, however, said it was only God that could tell what was the motive of the assassins and who sent them.

The death of the late Mr Ovie brought to three the number of corps members lost by the NYSC this January, with the death by suicide of the late Miss Bolufemi Princess Motunrayo, a Batch C corps member serving in Girls Secondary School, Ibagwu, Igbo-Eze South L.G.A of Enugu State, still fresh.